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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Summertime visitors to Leu Gardens may feel a certain sense of wonder and magic while wandering the 50-acre Orlando botanical oasis as fairies will again take up residence. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for fourth year of magic," 2 Apr. 2021 The audience seating area covers 54,590 square feet, while the permanent public restrooms — located under the elevated seating section near the rear of the venue — take up 2,390 square feet. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Symphony fine-tunes The Shell, its new $85 million bayside venue, and prepares to launch concerts," 2 Apr. 2021 The governor also promised to call lawmakers back into session in the coming months to take up the matter. Stephen Groves, Star Tribune, "South Dakota governor kills transgender bill, but orders ban," 29 Mar. 2021 Georgia is among 21 states with Republican attorneys general calling on the court to take up the case and expand the rights of gun owners. Mark Sherman, Chron, "Guns are on Supreme Court's agenda days after mass shootings," 25 Mar. 2021 Given the brutality, members of Myanmar’s frontline of democracy say there is no choice but to take up arms. New York Times, "‘I Will Die Protecting My Country’: In Myanmar, a New Resistance Rises," 24 Mar. 2021 Weeding will always be necessary but should lessen as plants take up more space. oregonlive, "Learn to build a Pacific Northwest rain garden," 23 Mar. 2021 Many will never take up arms or commit violence, said Lorber, but as these ideas are legitimized and spread, some will. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s presidency is ending, but his increasingly violent base will remain," 11 Jan. 2021 The demands of military service constrained their autonomy—fathers, husbands, and sons had to take up arms at a moment’s notice—but this also earned them the respect of the Mexican authorities. Alice Baumgartner, The New Yorker, "When the Enslaved Went South," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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